Lover Letter # 8: “Thou Shalt Not Steal”

The African American sermonic tradition is a treasured gift. This sermon by Dr. Carlton Byrd of the Breath of Life ministers is an example of the tradition. If you are searching for a sermon series that explains God’s commandments as a metaphorical and real love letter,  experience the “Love Letters”–Ten Commandments–shared by the speaker of…

An Open Letter to Sundry Do Right Political Pundits

Hey Sundry-Do-Right political pundits, Do The Right Thing. It is down right evil, and many lives are being lost as you church pundits continue to lynch the spirits of called, dedicated women of God. Take the noose from around these called women. Stop the lynching of the female spirit. Did God call the women? Then shake your-self loose. Don’t be like the old lynch-master—putting spiritual and psychological nooses and chains around the necks of called Women of God. That just ain’t right!

God’s Trombones: Sermons That Inspire The Soul

My soul is galvanized every time I hear or read James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. I have often imagined the old time African American preacher who, says Johnson, was “. . . an orator, and in good measure an actor” as he preached. I have directed student perfomances of this deeply…